OPA March Monthly Meeting Recap: Here is the full video and here are the highlights (sorry, but portions of the meeting were audio only): SMPD update: Here is the monthly update on police activity & an explanation from Lindsay Call at the Office of Emergency Management about their new SPIDR tech.

State Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur: Here is where he discsusses his history, priorities, goals, and fields questions

School Superintendent Dr. Antonio Shelton: Here is where he discsusses his history, priorities, goals, and fields questionsBoard Business: Here is where we discuss upcoming events, initiatives, etc.

NEXT MEETING: Monday April 8 features Ericka Lesley (Rent Control Board) & Patrick Cheng (Emergency Services Administrator of Santa Monica OEM)

6-Year-Old Girl Attacked on Main St.: This KTLA report details the incident this past Sunday. Police Chief Batista issued this video statement in response to the assault.

Waymo’s Robotaxi Service Expected to Start Rides in Santa Monica Soon: This report details that Robotaxis will begin cruising SoCal streets this weekend. 

Animal Kingdom Dog Daycare Center @ 3rd & Pico Facing Closure: This SMDP article details their struggles and their GoFundMe effort to help stay open. 

Triple Beam Pizza & Vamos Vamos Popup Collaboration: As Triple Beam gears up to open this Spring on Main St, they have teamed up with another Main St. staple to do a recurring popup every Sunday in March from 4-8p.m. using their portable pizza oven so people don’t have to wait for the brick and mortar locations to get their pie fix. 2917 Main St.

MUD\WTR @ 2515 Main St “Aims to Clear the Mind with Mushroom-Based Coffee Alternative: This SMDP article details the “new cafe … Called MUD\WTR, the liquid refreshment on offer is not made with coffee beans, or even tea leaves, instead it utilizes almost every kind of conventional, non-psychedelic member of the mushroom family.” 

Santa Monica Public Library Tax Return Help Center: Sat, Mar 16, and Wed, Mar 27: Get free help preparing your tax returns through the VITA: Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. By appointment only, call (310) 458-8868. 

Things To Do This Weekend: 

Montana Ave. Wellness Walk (Saturday): Expect a day of outdoor works, clinics, healthy bites & sips, painting classes, mental health practices and special promotions for businesses on Montana Ave. https://www.eventbrite.com/cc/montana-ave-wellness-walk-3154009 
Seed Mosaics (Saturday 9 – 11am): How often do you get to make an art project that can be planted, grown, eventually eaten and certainly composted? Ishihara Park Learning Garden hosts “March Pancakes in the Park” where you can get your artistic side creating Seed Mosaics! “Fun for toddlers, teens, twenty-somethings and totally retired folks.  In addition to seed art, we will also be starting summer 6-packs.” , 2909 Exposition Blvd. More details here.
St. Paddy’s Weekend Events: Here’s my weekly SMDP write-up that details events all around the city, including Jameson’s, Library Ale House, and Tavern on Main.  
73rd Annual “Stairway of the Stars” Concert (Saturday 4pm): Featuring more than 800 elementary, middle, and high school students all in one concert, the 73rd Annual Stairway of the Stars showcased SMMUSD’s music education programs, as well as the talents of students from every school within the Santa Monica and Malibu community @ Samohi Greek Theater www.stairwayofthestars.org
Main St. Sunday Farmers Market: Celebrate St Patrick’s Day at the Main Street Farmers Market where we are bringing out the green.. veggies, that is!!   Get ready to kick up your heals with Lazy Dog Mountain Band from 10am-1pm.  Bach to Rock Instrument Petting Zoo will be on the lawn. Hands Only CPR instruction offered.  
City Hosting FREE “Repair Cafe” (Sunday 11am-4pm): “Bring things that need fixing, donations for repairs, and used items for give-away, clothing swaps, and craft tables. Repair stations may include: bikes, small appliances, electronics, jewelry, guitar stringing (bring your own set of strings), gluing, and clothing.” More details here.  @ Marine Park, 1406 Marine St.
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